The 2003 ArchVoices Essay Competition is now complete. The theme and timeline for the next competition will be announced in January 2004.
For Stage One, young professionals were challenged to write a 500-word proposal for an essay on the following statement and multi-part question:

    Internship, the transition between education and licensure, is a complex affair. An array of variables, some abstract, such as mentorship and personal aspirations, while others concrete, such as the firm you work for and IDP requirements, can have a profound impact on one's experience. Furthermore, as a developing professional, an intern must sort through the purported, perceived, and actual values of architectural internship. Young professionals, however, are rarely challenged to reflect on or think critically about their experiences, yet this least addressed aspect is perhaps the most important component of an enriching and successful internship experience.

    How do your abilities, values, and expectations as an intern relate to those of your firm, the profession, and society? What is one specific change that could be made to architectural internship, which would allow you to better demonstrate your abilities, exemplify your values, and fulfill your expectations?

The written exploration of this multi-part question could focus on as many or few elements as desired. The 500-word essay proposal was intended to be considered an abstract for a longer piece. If selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to write a 2,500-word essay further developing the ideas of the 500-word proposal.

For Stage One and Two, entrants were encouraged to examine and reference any outside sources, including the following:

essay submission system

    The ArchVoices Essay Competition is now complete.

submission guidelines

Proposals and essays were judged for content, clarity, and specificity. Content refers to the overall theme of the proposal; clarity includes coherence, grammar, and spelling; and specificity is meant with respect to the competition questions and theme.

All essays were blind reviewed. References to specific individuals, firms, or schools, which may reveal the author's identity were discouraged. Additionally, all quotes were asked to be properly cited.

For Stage One, the ArchVoices Prize Committee recommended that entrants frame the essay with a clear introduction of what is covered in the body and a conclusion that summarizes the main points and direction for further exploration. All essays must be original and not published elsewhere.

While each entrant will receive a username and password, which will allow you to refine your essay during the Stage One submission period, we recommend that you write your essay in Microsoft Word or a comparable word-processing program and paste it into the submission box. Be sure to check for grammar and spelling; clarity counts.

Our online submission system converted all entries into text-only format. Entrants were asked not to add emphasis using HTML coding or by capitalization. Italics and other text formatting will be added to the finalist essays for publication purposes.

    "Writing skills were cited as a weakness by 66% of administrators, 65% of faculty, 42% of students, and 59% of alumni."
    --Ernest Boyer & Lee Mitgang, Building Community, p.70